Eating for Two: Nourishing Yourself and Your Microbiome

by Meagan Morse, CNM We’ve all heard the sayings, “your gut feeling,” and “trust your gut.” It’s ancient wisdom that our tummies are wise. Now, with emerging research on the gut microbiome, we’re learning just how true that is! We’re also learn…


by Laura Wood, Therapist, Blissborn Educator 2022, buh-bye. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. I hope you had a better year than that, but I’m betting between the daily challenges of life, and illnesses and worry and stress, this one…

Reading to Babies in the First Year

by Nancy Anthony, Carseat Clinic Educator Let me start by just saying I love books. I love holding, smelling, reading, collecting, and sharing them.Real, paper and ink, turn-the-pages books. Some of my sweetest memories as a child, and as a mot…

Practicing Gratitude

by Tracy Cooper, Dar a Luz Receptionist As we kick off this holiday season, I wanted to share something I think about a lot… I’m sure we’ve all noticed that negative experiences tend to have a greater impact on us than positive ones. This …

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

by Laura Wood, LMSW, PMH-C, Dar a Luz On-Staff Therapist October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Trigger warning: this is a hard subject for many — miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss are discussed in this article. Each are …

Our Baby is Due Next Year… Which Insurance Plan Should We Choose?

By Erica Deerinwater, Client Financial Specialist Pregnancy is about 40 weeks long on average, then add in labor and birth, 4 weeks of newborn care, 6-8 weeks of postpartum care at Dar a Luz… and we’re talking nearly a year of care! Dar a Luz i…

It takes a village: a ‘thank you’ to our communities!

by Meagan Morse, CNM, WHNP Over the last years of the pandemic, many (most? all?) of us have gone through times of isolation, when our webs of support felt sparse, and other moments where community emerged in new and unexpected ways. As many of…

Self Care

by Krystal Davis, BSNRN: Birth Assistant Over the last two years I have seen many “Take care of yourself” and “Do what fills your cup and eases your mind” signs and social media posts.  While I think the prompts to care for yoursel…

Relaxing Into the Hormone RELAXIN

by Susan Moore Daniels, CNM, MSN “My low back is so out of whack!” “My pubic bone is screaming!” “My knees and feet feel so uneasy!” Yet the change can be redeeming. RELAXIN is still a bit of a mysterious hormone, in that it …

Relax.Have Sex and Eat Chocolate!

What if I told you that some of  the best things to help prepare your body for labor and birth are to relax, have sex or orgasm and eat dark chocolate? Not only is this true but scientifically proven! Let’s talk about it!  Befo…


THEY/THEM Ease…. and the Distress with BREASTS by Susan Moore Daniels I have been a midwife and a mother for more than 3 decades now. I guess maybe that makes me kind of an old-bird. So here are some random shared experiences from thi…

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